“Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that affects 1 in every 25 people in the UK”*1 https://www.versusarthritis.org
Its top ten symptoms include:
- Pain all over
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep difficulties
- Brain fog
- Morning stiffness
- Muscle knots, cramping, weakness
- Digestive disorders
- Balance problems
- Itchy/burning skin
Conventional medicine offers management of symptoms through pain medications and antidepressants.
Homeopathy creates no side-effects. As a holistic approach, it’s aimed at improving functioning of all body systems that contribute to fibromyalgia. Coupling homeopathy with eliminating stressors is the best way to avoid a repeat of the condition.
Fibromyalgia, being a chronic condition, is best treated by a professional homeopath. It’s comparatively inexpensive & brings long term relief for short term investment. It doesn’t require effort from the patient. Homeopaths often SKYPE (I certainly do), so you can pick and choose & consult with a homeopath without leaving home. Sit back & be looked after.
What Tests Could I Have?
Thyroid: Elevated production of cortisol (a stress hormone and natural steroid) suppresses TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), inhibits the conversion of inactive T4 into active T3 and also directly blocks thyroid hormone receptors. Cortisol is required to convert inactive T4 into active T3 making it very important for proper thyroid function, but balance is key. Rectifying hormone levels can resolve fatigue, brain fog, sleep disturbances and depression. [*3]
Bio-identical hormone supplementation (natural desiccated thyroid) is useful in many cases but remedying underlying stressors & imbalances is key.
A phenomenon known as ‘pregnenolone steal’ is worth mentioning. It can explain loss of libido and other problems. Under high stress, pregnenolone (the key building block of many hormones) is diverted to cortisol production in favour of production of other hormones. This can lead to a condition known as ‘adrenal fatigue’ which is associated with unrelenting tiredness. (More tests are described below).
What Can I do Myself?
Psychological stressors are obvious culprits and stress management methods abound.
- Make realistic goals and work commitments.
- Deal with negative or stress-promoting thought patterns (ie, through Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).
- Remove yourself from damaging relationships.
- Deal with post traumatic stress, depression or generalised anxiety disorder with homeopathy.
Physiological stressors have a great, unseen impact.
- Chronic Pain
Chronic pain contributes to overproduction of cortisol. As this improves cortisol production should decrease.
- Inadequate Sleep
Sleep is essential for optimising repair, and detoxification of the brain.
Good nutrition is key for production of hormones, healing, repair & optimal functioning of all systems.
- Gluten intolerance
Most symptoms of GI are neurological rather than digestive, such as pain, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, fatigue & depression. Gluten intolerance exists in a vicious cycle with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) & damaged or ‘leaky’ gut. Removing gluten from the diet can be part of a process of encouraging gut repair.
- Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Leaky gut
Antibiotics & a sugar-rich diet can cause imbalance and overgrowth and compromise ability to digest and absorb nutrients, particularly B12. Regeneration can be helped by adding naturally fermented foods to the diet. There are many internet resources for healing your gut.
- Candida overgrowth
Candida overgrowth is present in most people with fibromyalgia. Overgrowth is promoted by a sugar-rich diet and enabled by a low immune system. Homeopathy is aimed at restoring the immune system. Candida overgrowth can lead to ‘leaky gut’ and the release of toxic byproducts into the body. Symptoms include brain fog, fatigue, digestive issues and pain.
- Vitamin deficiencies
Magnesium, vitamin D and B12 are the most common deficiencies coinciding with fibromyalgia. Magnesium rebalancing can be very useful.
Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by some molds. Urine mycotoxin testing could be considered. High levels indicate an environmental source of mycotoxins that needs to be addressed. Symptoms include ‘fibromyalgia’.
- Mercury toxicity
Consider testing for mercury toxicity, which can coincide with & resemble fibromyalgia. Amalgam fillings should be avoided (WHO guidance). Crumbling amalgam fillings should be replaced, preferably by a dentist who can collect mercury vapours during removal. There is debate about whether you should have amalgam fillings replaced altogether. After having fillings replaced, visit your homeopath for help in detoxing mercury and anaesthetic.
Possible genetic factors to explore:
Glutathione is needed for detoxification of metals in the body. Supplementing glutathione or the precursors (NAC, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle) can help with fatigue.
3% of the population is thought to be hypersensitive to low levels of mercury.
The more mutations you have to the MTHFR gene the less able you are to methylate and detoxify toxins, such as mercury and lead.
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